The Crossbreeding Issue
Cash, Aussie/BC cross, DOB 4/1/99
In making this website, we recognize that many people are convinced that crossbreeding has taken place. We cannot deny that ASCA itself felt a need to address the rumors. However, our goal in creating this site is to spotlight the historically recognized working traits that ASCA considers necessary to preserve. Regardless of what is causing a shift toward more atypical traits, preservation of the traditional working Australian Shepherd is our focus, giving potential owners, breeders, and fanciers of the Aussie an ideal for which to strive.
1990..."Questions have come up. 'Why do a few dogs run like, creep like, down like, and work like border collies?' 'Have a couple of breeders let a border collie jump the fence to make a dog that will win trials?' If this is happening, how do we breed ethics into people? I know one thing, there is not enough money in the pots to start this sort of thing. It has sure raised some eyebrows of a lot of us who have handled both breeds and can recognize the obvious differences between them. It has been a big problem for the futurities that I don't think it will go away by itself."
Quote from "Futurity Report" by Tony Rohne, Aussie Times, July/August 1990, p. 120
1990...Ringers by Kathy Hoyt-Warren, originally published in the Aussie Times Sept/Oct 1990 p. 101
AND COMMITTEE REPORTS,
From Aussie Times January/February 1991 p. 8
1991...Opinion Poll to the ASCA Membership, from Aussie Times, January/February 1991, p.16
subject I have not mentioned is those Aussie lines which have recent
outcrosses to Border Collies. These lines have produced some
excellent working dogs. The only place there is a problem is in the
trial arena, with these dogs having a distinct advantage due to
their mixed heritage. Our primary breed club, the Australian
Shepherd Club of America, has made no stand on the crossbred dog
issue, registering anything received as long as someone swears they
have purebred Aussie parents. This policy does occasionally make
for some very unusual looking registered Australian Shepherds.
Also, it is difficult for individuals to take a stand against
crossbreeding when the parent club has chosen to ignore the issue.
excerpt from The Future of the Working Australian Shepherd by Dana MacKenzie, Aussie Times Sept/Oct 1993, pp.71-74
Collies are great dogs, but very little in the nature of the breed
can be compared to the traditional Aussie. The traits that make the
Aussie special, such as loyalty, protectiveness, and the strong
desire to please, are pretty much missing. I won't go into the
numerous differences in working style.
From Aussie Times, Nov/Dec 1993 pp. 24 -25, an excerpt from a Letter to the Editor from Jeanne Weaver
1994...Letter from Vicki Rand, Aussie Times editor, March/April 1994 issue
1994...Letter to the Editor from Kaye Harris, Crown Point Australian Shepherds, Aussie Times March/April 1994 p. 10
1994...the ASCA Board of Directors addresses the subject of crossbreeding in a general letter published in the Aussie Times, March/April 1994
1994...Quote from Neil Weaver, ASCA President From Aussie Times President's Report, March/April 1994 p. 16
1995..."One of the more interesting phenomenon of the past few years is the increase in the general understanding of the difference between the two 'eye' breeds (Border Collie and Kelpie) and the 'non-eyed" dogs such as the Aussie. If you register a Border Collie or a Border Collie-cross as an Aussie and trial him in the ASCA program most people today can spot the deception immediately."
Quote from "Old Friends, New Faces and Better Dogs," by Red Oliver, copyright 1995 Ranch Dog Trainer
think Futurities have done some really, really good things for
Aussies and some bad things for the breed.
Quote from an interview with
ASCA Stockdog Judge Marti Parrish, From Aussie Times,July/August
1999 pp. 76-79